終業式

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 7月19日(金)1学期最後の日を迎え、講堂にて終業式を執り行いました。

 校長先生からは、限られた時間をいかに使うかといった「時間の管理」について、今年度から中学校で教科化された「道徳」の話、来週末に行われる参議院選挙を前に「民主主義」は一人ひとりが自分の意見をしっかり言うことから始まるのだ、というお話がありました。

 そしてこの7月をもってアメリカに帰国することになったBradley-Anne Naing先生に対して、「語学指導等を行う外国青年招致事業(JETプログラム)」の終了にあたり、母国と日本の友好関係推進の「絆」として今後の活躍を期待して送られる「JET絆大使」の任命書が送られました。。

 そして、Bradley先生からスピーチがありました。率直で感動的な素晴らしいスピーチでしたので、ご本人の了解のもと、こちらに原稿を載せたいと思います。

Two years ago, when I came to Miwada, I had no idea what to expect.

I thought maybe I would only live in Japan for one year. Maybe I would miss my family too much, maybe I would not fit in well, maybe I would feel lonely. However, after only a couple of months here, I knew I couldn't leave so soon. This school is full of the best teachers, the best staff, and the best students. Even when there was too much to do, work always felt easy because I was surrounded by so many hardworking and kind people.

To the teachers, thank you for always taking care of me. I know I was often lost and confused, especially in the beginning. Whether it was trying to find a new room, or planning a new class, I never felt that my questions were unwelcomed. I was and am still in awe of all your hard work and the care you show towards the students and fellow teachers here. The teacher's room is such a welcoming place that is always full of good energy

To the students, respect and appreciate your teachers! They care about you so much, and it is such a beautiful thing to see and be a part of. I wish I had the opportunity to go to a school like this and study in such a welcoming environment. Also, keep on speaking English. Remember, never be afraid of your mistakes. We never learn unless we make mistakes sometimes. All the English teachers, myself included, are so happy when you speak to us in English, and we are always proud of your efforts. Don't stop trying even when it feels the most difficult. YOU CAN DO IT! And remember, use a big voice and have 自信!

I want to say I am going to miss everything about Miwada, from the interesting questions you ask during lunch in the English room, to seeing all your amazing hard work at Bunkasai, to reading your essays. Teaching here never felt like a job, it always felt like home. So, I want to say thank you in Japanese.

2年間はたのしかったです。三輪田で毎日、教えたし、学んだし、そしてたくさん笑いました。すばらし思い出をありがとうございます。私はみんなさんのことをぜったい忘れません。本当にありがとうございます。

Thank you for everything. And keep practicing English! Maybe one day we will meet again, and I will test you on how much you studied.

 日本語の勉強を続けているBradley先生も「話すこと」が一番緊張するとおっしゃっていましたが、最後に勇気を出して日本語で話してくれました。生徒の皆さんにも是非勇気を出して英語を話して下さいというメッセージを込めて。

 常に明るく、生徒に対しても暖かい眼差しと熱意を持って接して下さったBradley-Anne Naing 先生。授業のみならず、様々な場面で私たちにたくさんのことを伝え導いて下さいました。2年間本当にありがとうございました。

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